Viewed from Ediza Lake Mount Ritter appears as a formidable pyramid - closer inspection reveals that it's..... a formidable pyramid. Mount Ritter is a huge alpine peak, and not to be taken lightly even by its most reasonable route. This area presents a different, and less granitic, picture of the High Sierra, with meadows, and jagged dark peaks looming overhead.
Geologically this area including the Minarets to the south is made from volcanic breccia.
Agnew Meadows is the trailhead. Get there either by shuttle bus from Mammoth during the day, or arrive by car late at night.
For routes on the eastern side, follow the trail to Shadow Lake and from there to Ediza Lake - 5.25 miles, 1,100 feet elevation gain. Ritter towers almost 4,000 feet above the lake. Camp west of the lake, the closer to Mount Ritter the better.
Climbing Season For the High Sierra area.
Weather station 5.4 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Ritter
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Ritter:
Featured Route For Mt. Ritter
SE Glacier California
: High Sierra
: ... : Mt. Ritter
A classic glacier outing. This route first gains a large bench from the stream that feeds into Ediza Lake. Opinion varies about how to do this. Some prefer the rock and some prefer the snow. Both work just fine. From the bench follow the glacier until it ends. Be prepared for big suncups in the summer. When the glacier ends bear right onto talus to gain the summit plateau. Then go to the top, crossing a snowfield. From Ediza Lake, the route is 2.35 miles and 3960 vertical feet. The tot...[more] Browse More Classics in California
Snow in the chute up Ritter-Banner Saddle
BETA PHOTO: The snowfield after the Ritter-Banner Saddle. Rou...
About to start Banner, East Face, III, 5.7
Mt Ritter from the pass to Lake Garret
Mt Ritter from Lake Ediza
Mt Ritter (left) and Banner (right) from Shadow La...
Minarets from Lake Ediza.
Mount Ritter from Lake Ediza.
By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Jul 30, 2008
I made a video documenting our climb up Mt. Ritter's Southeast Glacier, via the Norman Clyde variation. It is cheesy, but has some decent beta for the climber. Go to: www.youtube.com/joshuatree100